Passive imaging of hydrofractures in the South Belridge Diatomite

D. C. Ilderton, T. W. Patzek, J. W. Rector, H. J. Vinegar

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Abstract

Results of a seismic analysis of two hydrofractures spanning the entire diatomite column in Shell's Phase II steam drive pilot in South Belridge, CA, are presented. These hydrofractures were induced at two depths (1110-1460 and 1560-1910 ft) and imaged passively using the seismic energy released during fracturing. This technique improved significantly the accuracy of the event locations in the shallow hydrofracture. Results agreed well with temperature surveys in the surrounding observation wells during steam injection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages213-228
Number of pages16
StatePublished - 1 Dec 1994
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition - New Orleans, LA, USA
Duration: 25 Sep 199428 Sep 1994

Conference

ConferenceProceedings of the SPE Annual Technical Conference & Exhibition
CityNew Orleans, LA, USA
Period25/09/9428/09/94

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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